Savory Kale Scones

August 16, 2014

Oh kale, such a healthful, nutritious, easy to grow green.  It’s good for me.  It ups the nutrient quality of my diet.  It’s versatile in cooking and good raw.  Bla bla bla.  Frankly, I’m bored with kale, the poster-child hipster vegetable.  Naturally, I have loads of it in my garden.  I’ve packed it into eggs, sautés, salads, etc.  What’s a bored girl to do? Read more ›

New Chicks in Town

August 11, 2014

If you’ve been following me on Mother Earth News or social media, you already know my big family news for the year.  We have chickens.  Bock bock!!  It was an epic journey building the coop, getting the Minneapolis chicken license and finding our chicks.  Now they are well into their teens months and should start laying eggs in September.   Read more ›

Coriander Flower Liqueur

August 1, 2014

Volunteer coriander is taking over my garden!  Coriander is another name for cilantro.  The seeds must be bulletproof because they survive our deep freeze winters and sprout immediately in spring.  Every year we try eat as much cilantro as possible, but invariably, it gets away from me, reseeding my entire garden plot.  This year I have a different plan of attack. This year I let it all go, then harvested the tiny flowers to make Coriander Flower Liqueur. Read more ›

Home-Cured Gravlox

July 28, 2014

Since moving to Minnesota summer has taken on newfound importance for me. It’s a short, intense season that’s not to be missed. I savor every moment I can, particularly the lingering evenings where the sun never seems to set. On nice nights I like to pull cold picnic food from the fridge, pair it with bread, fruit, add a bottle of wine, and call it dinner. That’s where gravlox comes in. It’s the easiest charcuterie you’ll ever make, and you never have to turn on your oven. Read more ›

How to Freeze Strawberries

July 21, 2014

My strawberry patch at Dowling Community Garden in Minneapolis has been under construction for years. Wrong location, wrong variety, wrong soil, not enough water, it was soooo frustrating! This year all that hard work finally paid off. Loads of compost and manure combined with heavy spring rains made my strawberry patch go BOOM. I had strawberries coming out of our ears! Read more ›

Home-Brewed Pineapple Vinegar

July 14, 2014

My family enjoys living a frugal life-style when we can.  We recycle packaging, compost food scraps, feed our leftover brewing grain to our chickens and upcycle scrap wood and household items into other creations (like our chicken coop.)  Food waste is a growing issue in the world and it bothers me when I throw away food of any kind, even if it goes into the compost.  Enter pineapple vinegar.  It is made primarily from the leftover peel and core Read more ›

Rhubarb Plum Fruit Leather

July 10, 2014

Our summer rains have made my rhubarb patch something out of Jurassic Park.  The stalks are big and heavy things, mostly dripping with rain or dew.  While I am a huge rhubarb pie fan, my daughter is rather luke warm on the whole “pie plant” idea.  It’s not that I’m trying to get my kid to eat her vegetables – she’s is a fantastic eater.  I just don’t want this great seasonal veggie to go to waste.  Enter, fruit leather.   Read more ›

Backyard Maple Syrup

April 29, 2014

As Winter shifts ever so slowly to Spring, sugaring time is upon us.  As I drive through the hills of northern New England on a recent visit to my Mother’s house, I see spider webs woven throughout the trees, trailing over hill and dale, collecting the running sap to be boiled down into thick liquid gold.  Around every bend of those curving country roads is another placard selling gallons of the stuff. It’s maple syrup time. Read more ›

Salsa Garden

April 19, 2014

Spring is coming! Despite the 10 inches of snow we were blessed with last week, there are green patches of grass in the yard. Along with Spring comes a much needed overhaul of my website. I’ve been working on an old platform for far to long and a full conversion to WordPress is required. Read more ›

Orange Liqueur and Triple Orange Margaritas

February 24, 2014

I am very picky about oranges.  Since the 1920s my extended family has lived in California’s Central Valley in and around the city of Fresno.  Orange trees were in their back yards.  Every year at Christmas the trees would start to fruit, which was exactly when we would visit.  Read more ›

Vinegar and Kombucha Mothers

Vinegar and Kombucha Mothers

February 4, 2014

There are monsters in my cupboard.  Lots of them.  Translucent, slimy, slippery creatures that lurk in the murky depths.  I’m speaking of course, of the Mothers.  Vinegar and kombucha Mothers, that is. Read more ›

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